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Kandiyohi County Recycling Center encourages residents to recycle gift wrap

WILLMAR — The Kandiyohi County Recycling Center is encouraging residents to recycle their Christmas wrapping paper, cardboard boxes and unwanted Christmas lights this year.

Landfills across the region see increases in volume due to holiday gift-giving, the center said in a news release.

The wrapping paper and gift bags may be included with recyclables. Please keep wrapping paper and gift bags separate from newsprint. Metallic wrapping paper, ribbons, bows, ornaments, tissue paper and paper covered in tape are not recyclable and should be tossed as garbage if they are not going to be reused.

Cardboard boxes and holiday lights may be dropped off at the Kandiyohi County Recycling Center in Willmar at 1400 22nd St. S.W. Curbside pickup is unable to accept cardboard and holiday lights.

The county provides curbside pickup for residents in Atwater and Willmar and also has 19 drop-off sites in Kandiyohi County. Visit the County’s website for locations: or call 320-231-3587.

The following items are accepted:

* Plastics: Containers, jugs and bottles marked with symbols 1-2-3-4-5

* Metal: Steel, tin and aluminum food and beverage cans

* Newspaper: Newsprint and ads

* Paper: Brown bags, junk mail, school/office paper, magazines, phone books, refrigerated and shelf-stable cartons, wrapping paper and paperboard like cereal, crackers and tissue boxes

* Glass: Food jars and beverage bottles

In addition to cardboard and holiday lights, residents may also bring their household hazardous waste to the main Willmar location. These items include household cleaners, paint, lawn/garden/pool chemicals, batteries, fluorescent light bulbs and more.